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CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 9:00am EST
problem, the fact that we are spending more than we can afford, we are spending more than we receive. actions speak louder than words, mr. president. president obama may talk about the need to rein in spending, although lately he has even rejected that, but his administration refuses to act, and instead the president started off hisec t doubling dn on what? the nee for mor taxes are the american people bei taxed toea? itotust the federal income tax. it's the ste tax a to it thealax it's the excise tax. it's the car tax. it's the alcohol tax. it is the excise tax. it is the tolls we pay as we travel down the highways. it is any number of things that add up to a burden of taxation on the american people that is severely hampering our ability to grow and our economy to provide the necessary employment and the necessary jobs for people so desperately in need of and looking for that work. while the president has problems community has. a recent survey of chief executives said they are considerably less optimistic about short-term growth prospects for their companies than they were just a
CSPAN
Feb 1, 2013 9:00am EST
nominees have been filibustered under obama than were under bush successfully or unsuccessfully. generally i think the story that you saw the first term that may well change is that president obama simply did not want to spend a lot of political capital on his nominee. even though the ones that were higher profile that you could see this could be an example of a progressive how want to take the court sort of you. say good we live in the ninth circuit, now on the california supreme court. the president simply did not put any -- twisting arms or use of any political capital. now after reelection maybe we'll start doing that. of course he also had two supreme court appointments that took up a lot of time and energy. but i don't think that can explain a whole do. i don't think we'll have more supreme court vacancies for a while. all the justices seemed to like what they are doing. ruth bader ginsburg is the oldest one. she's currently 79. she said that god bless you, she survived cancer three times and wants to stay on at least as long as her hero brandes, proud of what had a republ
CSPAN
Feb 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
big priority right now. we are nationbuilding here at home. something but not as candidate obama, but also candidate romney agreed upon. we are looking at unprecedented cuts and spending on national security. we are looking at the prospects of drawing down from afghanistan one of the questions that i know that we have is whether we are ready for those changes. i suspect that most of us believe that we are not. tom, maybe you can talk about the sequestration of paul ryan told us is going to happen. >> there has been a near certainty so i will talk about the sequestration per se. i really regarded as a symptom and not the disease itself. the disease itself is the erosion to the point of vanishing, almost. the bipartisan political consensus for military strength, as people used to say. that is something that over the course of my career has been a touchstone. something that people could build upon. we can argue about what kind of strength we could have come of these for forces versus those forces. but there was a broad-based bipartisan condition of the american military power was necessa
CSPAN
Feb 1, 2013 12:00pm EST
. what i do want to argue is it is in the middle of an ethnic war. president obama just announced that he would spend an extra $165 million syria. this makes america the biggest donor at about a third of a billion dollars. that's $15. it's not enough. as we've heard the humanitarian situation needs a lot more money the syrian opposition has asked for $62 billion. i don't know where it will end up, but clearly the humanitarian issue needs a lot more money. the question here tonight is can america saved syria? only the syrians can save syria. america cannot nation-building the middle east and shouldn't get in the middle of a sectarian and ethnic war. we tried to do that twice and we have spent over $100 trillion in iraq and afghanistan. we've tried to pick winners. we haven't been happy with them. we don't know how to do it. we can't pick ethnic winners either. in iraq we try to cash in on the sunnis that have been willing iraq and they've been put there by the british and through than the bottom of the society and we have raised up to 60% in the name of democracy. today we have ano
CSPAN
Jan 25, 2013 12:00pm EST
salicylate days if all zero went it's humbling to be here before you in this new role as president obama's nominee for secretary of state, but my approach to this role, if confirmed, is also deeply informed by the 28 plus years that i have been privileged to spend in the senate. that perspective will remain with me if confirmed to secretary, and i'm already excited by the many ways that we can work together and in which we must work together in order to advance america's security interest and a complicated and ever more dangerous world. i would add that i am particularly aware that in many ways the greatest challenge to america's foreign-policy will be in your hands, not mine. his was often said that we can be strong and no before not strong in the world, and these days of fiscal crisis and as a recovering member of the super committee, i am especially cognizant of the fact that we can't be strong in the world and thus were strong at home . the first priority of business which will affect my credibility as a diplomat and our credibility as a nation, as we work to help other countries creat
CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 12:00pm EST
wasteful government spending. over the past four years president obama has added so much to our national debt that he has already had to increase our nation's debt limit four separate times. this includes the two largest increases in our history. no other president of the united states has needed an increase of over $1 trillion. president obama has asked for that much twice. while he once promised to cut the deficit in half by now, he's done just the opposite. he'hehe's added as much debt in four years as all the previous presidents racked up in our country's first 225 years. president obama has maxed out the national credit card and now he wants a new one. in return, the president isn't willing to offer commitments that he'll try to be more responsible with that next credit card. in fact, under his latest budget, the president wanted to add another $6.4 trillion to our debt over the next five years. that's the wrong direction for our federal budget and for the nation's future. the president can take this opportunity to reassure hardworking american taxpayers as well as world fi
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 9:00am EST
imperative need to address our spending and debt crisis. as we all know, bowles was tapped by president obama to lead a bipartisan deficit commission with former republican senator alan simpson. the two men, along with a commission, proposed recommendations for you are a big and bold plan to reduce our long-term debt. rather than heed some of these recommendations and build off of this bipartisan momentum cephal years ago -- several years ago, the president ignored it completely and since has done nothing and offered no plan of his own p. -- of his own to fix our dire fiscal plight other than to propose new taxes. as i mentioned in previous remarks the president got his tax increases on millionaires and billionaires, but no one should be fooled into thinking that this solves our fiscal crisis. recently in ain' in an intervier chief of staff erskine bowles rightfully criticized the administration and the congress for not striking a significant budget deal and called it the most -- that failure the most disappointing thing in my life. he went on to say, "ther "they'e bouncing from one crisis to
CSPAN
Jan 30, 2013 9:00am EST
that -- a few weeks ago president obama reportedly said that america doesn't have a spending problem. this is completely at odds with what independent experts tell us and what is perfectly apparent to anybody who is alert. and last week i brought this chart behind me to the floor to illustrate the point. as everyone knows, we're running trillion-dollar annual deficits. what this chart shows is the gap between government spending and revenue just keeps getting wider and wider and wider. so let's take a look at it. the occupant of the chair is relatively new to the senate, but not new to the facts. the green area here represents both historic and projected tax revenue. the blue area here, the dark blue area, as you can see, really kind of flat line flatlit here to 2014, is the new revenue that the president got at the end of the new year as a result of the law. the tax rates sunsetted, expired at midnight on new year's eve. the congress then wisely continued the current tax rates for 99% of americans, made those rates permanent so you wouldn't have another event like new year's eve whe
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
, within our income, and spending is obvious because a surreal driver of our deficits and our debt. spending is the reason that we're up against the $16.2 trillion debt limit. spending was the reason that congress and president obama raised the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion just a year and a half ago. now, in 2006, the junior senator from illinois, senator obama, came to the floor, made a very passionate and thoughtful statement here on the senate floor in opposition to raising the debt limit. many of the reasons that he gave then are relevant today. in fact, they are even more appropriate because the national debt is much, much higher. and we have a fiscal mess. it's instructive for my colleagues to hear the words straight from then-senator obama. he delivered these remarks on march 16, 2006. at that time the senate was debating raising the debt limit by $781 billion to a new limit then that seems very small today, about half what it is today, raising the limit of 2006 to $8.9 trillion. so i thought it would be worth for the president's benefit as well as our benefit to go over wh
CSPAN
Jan 31, 2013 5:00pm EST
obama to swallow big spending cuts. it worked, but it was terribly damaging, but the the nation's economy and to their political capital. congressional plummeted to something like 9 percent. and they recognize that this was a bad idea. gambling with the faith and credit of the united states it turns out as a pretty bad idea. we were downgraded for the first time in the nation's history. they did not want to do that again. like us said, they did not want to vote for a bigger national debt either. that does not fit with their philosophy, so they came up with this strategy of saying, okay, we will suspend it. in the meantime, we really want the senate to pass a budget for 2014, and the law also says that if either chamber fails to adopt the budget by april 15th, their paychecks will be docked. so the whole idea of this thing is to a postpone this sort of economy prattling default situation until they can prosecute this continuing fight over taxes to a point where the budget is satisfied in the debt limit can be raised again. >> you mentioned the economy rattling, how will the tempora
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 12:00pm EST
now. we are called nation building here at home, something that not just candidate obama, but also candidate romney agreed about. we are looking at unprecedented cuts in spending on national security. we are looking at the prospect of drawing down and, drawing down from afghanistan. we are looking at a lot of changes. not just here in the united states but in the world. one of the questions i know that we have is whether we are ready for those changes. i suspect that most of us believe we are not. tom, maybe you could start out and talk a bit about the sequestration that paul ryan told us this weekend is quote going to happen. i'll give you the mic. >> well, it's a prediction that at this point seems like a certainty, but i would argue it's near certainty. once the sequestration provision was written into the budget. sal talk a bit about sequestration per se, but i really regarded as a symptom and not the disease itself. the disease itself is the erosion of the point of vanishing almost of the bipartisan political consensus for military strength, for key strength, people used to se
CSPAN
Jan 31, 2013 12:00pm EST
. madam president, the american people are asking when are we going to turn to the spending side of the equation. president obama talked all through the campaign of balance. well, we've had the tax increases. now we're having the debt increases. when are we going to have any new spending cuts? this would at least start in a modest way reasonable spending cuts. thank you, madam president. the presiding officer: would the senator call up his motion. mr. vitter: yes, madam president. i call up the motion to commit. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from louisiana, mr. vitter, moves to commit the bill, h.r. 325, to the -- mr. vitter: madam president, i ask to waive reading of the whole. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: madam president, we've -- we've essentially already voted on this. this is very similar to the portman amendment which lost by a vote of 54-44. this approach was rejected by the house of representatives when the speaker sent over his debt i
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